Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent type of dementia in the elderly worldwide. To evaluate the mortality trend from Alzheimer’s disease in Brazil, a descriptive study was conducted with the Mortality Information System of the Brazilian Ministry of Health (2000-2009). Age and sexstandardized mortality rates were calculated in Brazil’s state capitals, showing the percentage variation by exponential regression adjustment. The state capitals as a whole showed an annual growth in mortality rates in the 60 to 79 year age bracket of 8.4% in women and 7.7% in men. In the 80 and older age group, the increase was 15.5% in women and 14% in men. Meanwhile, the all-cause mortality rate declined in both elderly men and women. The increase in mortality from Alzheimer’s disease occurred in the context of chronic diseases as a proxy for increasing prevalence of the disease in the population. The authors suggest healthcare strategies for individuals with chronic non-communicable diseases.
Teixeira, J. B., de Souza Junior, P. R. B., Higa, J., & Theme Filha, M. M. (2015). Doença de Alzheimer: Estudo da mortalidade no Brasil, 2000-2009. Cadernos de Saude Publica, 31(4), 850–860. https://doi.org/10.1590/0102-311X00144713